Thursday, 20 August 2009 10:53 AM

SIPEU Threatens Nationwide Strike

Solomon Islands Public Employees Union, SIPEU has threatened to call for a nationwide strike by its members as of midnight Sunday August 23 if Government fails to meet its demands.

Solomon Islands Public Employees Union, SIPEU, has threatened to call for a nationwide strike by its members as of midnight Sunday August 23 if Government fails to meet its demands.

General Secretary of SIPEU, Paul Belande, warns the public to expect severe set back as a result of such nationwide strike action.

In an interview with SIBC News, Mr Belande says since Government has failed to respond or even acknowledge the union's demands under its log of claims, the final count down to zero tolerance on its 28 days strike notice lapses mid night this Sunday August 23rd 2009.

Mr Belande says essential services workers from the Civil Aviation Department and Customs have already issued prior warning notice to all responsible aviation and overseas shipping agents about the prospect of walking off their jobs by mid night Sunday.

The Union's General Secretary says Government Revenue collecting Departments will also be withdrawing their services to maintain their solidarity.

Mr Belande says thousands of public officers are expected to take part in the strike action.

He says union officials and its members are fully aware of the severe consequences such nationwide strike poses to bringing the country to a standstill in terms of economic performance.